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Back to back calls for Poole Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The first of two calls came at 06.40 (Wednesday May 3) to assist a 33ft yacht with two people on-board that had ran out of fuel just South West of Old Harry.

The vessel had been trying to get to Poole to refuel during the night, unfamiliar with the harbour and with the strong force 4 northerly wind and 0.5 meter swell the yacht asked for assistance.

Poole lifeboat volunteers were soon on scene, after checking that the people on-board were okay, a towline was attached and the vessel was brought safely back into Poole Harbour and taken alongside Poole Quay to refuel at the fuel berth, they then continued with their journey.

Then at 09.00 the lifeboat was tasked to a medical evacuation to assist an elderly lady who had fell from the footpath onto the rocks. The lady had been out for a walk when she had fallen onto the rocks by East Dorset Sailing Club.
Passing walkers saw her lying on the water’s edge and raised the alarm.

The lifeboat crew arrived on scene and administered first aid, the casualty was very cold but conscious, and an ambulance was also on scene. The crew worked alongside the ambulance crew immobilizing the patient, moving her onto a spine board and then a smooth transfer from the rocks into the ambulance and then she was taken to hospital.

The lifeboat crew returned back to the station and the lifeboat was ready for service by 10am


Poole volunteers approaching the 33ft yacht

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